A woman from Massachusetts found a two-headed, three-beaked baby cardinal bird in the backyard of her Hinckley Street home on Monday, May 28, 2012.
April Britt of Northampton, MA said she and her husband followed the sounds of birds chirping in their backyard where they found the baby female cardinal with the unusual deformities.
“There was this little deformed bird sitting on the lower branch,” said Britt. “My husband says, ‘Oh my God. Look at this poor thing! That’s an oddity if I ever saw one,’” Britt told WGGB-TV, Springfield. “I’ve never seen anything like that before. This bird had like a double head that wasn’t quite separated, but you could see there was gonna be two heads and three beaks.”
April Britt, 67-years old, said the bird didn’t look like it could eat without assistance from adult birds. The middle beak didn’t work well, and the other two beaks didn’t appear to be connected to the bird’s throat.
She said she found the bird was on the ground a few hours later so she put on a plastic glove to return it to the tree. She said the baby cardinal was nowhere to be seen the following morning.
“I would like to know she survived.” Britt said. “The neighbor is going to keep an eye to see if she sees her.”
A scientist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society says animals with such abnormalities rarely survive birth, making the find all the more unusual. He said the deformities could have been caused by genetic or environmental factors.
April Britt told the Daily Hampshire Gazette, “I thought it was pretty rare. I’ve definitely never seen anything like it. I’ve seen a two-headed snake and I’ve seen a frog in a pond with three legs, but I’ve never seen a deformed bird like this before.”
She said the bird wasn’t around long enough for her to give it a name, but she told the Daily Hampshire Gazette, “I could have called this one ‘Beaker’.”